By Colleen's Contributor, The Grammar Goddess of Eve
Is “Y’all” a Real Word?
An ongoing debate in my household, and other “blended” families (part Yankee/part Dixie) is whether or not y’all is a real word. At home I stand alone in the term’s defense as bona fide, maintaining that it is a grammatically correct contraction for “you all.”
Merriam-Webster Online defines “y’all” as a variant of “you all,” yet many people still insist that it is not a real word.
What do you think?